Merovingian Frankish Gold Tremissis

Contributed by Craven Museum and Gallery Skipton

Merovingian Frankish Gold Tremissis

This gold coin dates from between 580AD and 630AD. The Merovingian Dynasty was based in ancient Gaul (which is now France) and dates from the middle of the 5th century AD. One side of the coin has a central cross design but none of the letters can be read, which means it isn't possible to identify a particular mint. The coin has a small hole pierced near the edge and may have been worn as a pendant.

Craven Museum & Gallery acquired the gold tremissis after it was found during the construction of an extension to Holy Trinity Parish Church in Skipton in the late 1970s. The exact location of the find has never been known as the coin was discovered on the sole of a workman's boot.

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